Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Spring 2018

With Yael Flusberg
3 weekends
March 23-25  •  May 4-6  •  June 1-3
Fridays 5:30-8:30 pm
Saturdays 12:30-8:30 pm
Sundays 12:00-5:00 pm
Fees: $960

Photo by Carolina Franco
Photo by Carolina Franco

The 50-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Yael Flusberg is designed for yoga teachers and yoga practitioners who seek to enhance their teaching or personal practice by touching upon (t)issues rarely worked in more dynamic "yang" yoga styles.

All forms of yoga can be said to explore polarities — feminine and masculine, muscular and organic, Shiva and Shakti, ida and pingala — in order to arrive at an integrated sense of self. Yin Yoga is a quiet practice in which we hold poses that focus on the parts of our bodies thickest with connective tissue, generally from the knees to the solar plexus. 

Photo by Anne Wu
Photo by Anne Wu

This passive holding in seated and supine positions helps create a safe and positive biomechanical stress on the deep layers of fascia, which gently increases the pliancy of our joints within our natural range of motion.

The connective tissue is also the home base for the meridians, which are theorized to be liquid crystal pathways made up of hyaluronic acid molecules. Yin Yoga increases the strength and magnetic pull of these meridians, which can help increase the amount of chi in the system, or better distribute it, or allow it to be more fully absorbed by the body.

Yin Yoga also naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed and reflective state, where awareness can be brought to postural, breath, and thought patterns.

Best of all, Yin Yoga is accessible and beneficial for a wide variety of people in all stages of life — from yoga neophytes to seasoned athletes, from sedentary office workers to those recovering from injuries.

What the training includes

The Yin Yoga Teacher Training includes 48 hours of in-person training with Yael Flusberg, reading and homework assignments, a workbook, and a certificate of completion. The training is designed for yoga teachers and yoga practitioners with at least two years of experience. RYTs who complete the course are eligible to apply for CEUs with Yoga Alliance.

Watch this video for more information about the training.

Required Reading: The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark, with a foreword by Sarah Powers.

Recommended Reading: Your Body, Your Yoga, by Bernie Clark, with a foreword by Paul Grilley. This is the single best book that explains anatomical variation and why it’s so important to teaching any style of yoga.

Course Topics and Sequence

March 23 - 25: Yin & the Physical Body
with special guest Dr. Michelle Deslauriers, DPT

  • Learn the difference between Yin and Yang styles of Yoga and the Yin approach and how to balance the need for both (including when to take a yin approach in yang poses and a yang approach in yin poses).
  • See anatomy from the perspective of joints and fascia, including plasticity vs. elasticity of tissues; the importance of skeletal variation and natural range of motion; proportion and orientation; and the difference between compression and tension. Dr. Michelle Deslauriers, Doctor of Physical Therapy will join the group for this presentation.
  • Review Paul Grilley’s Theory of Exercise (or: is this pose good for me?)
  • Learn the basic principles of Yin Yoga (with an appearance by Goldilocks).
  • Practice/teach the most common yin yoga poses – including how to modify (what teacher Bernie Clark calls “Your Body Your Yoga!”) and work with injuries.

May 4 - 6: Yin & The Energetic Body
with special guest Dr. Deirdre Orceyre, naturopathic physician and acupuncturist

  • Reflect on what energy is and how it moves, gets obstructed, and how both yin and yang yoga relate to energetic flows. (Hint: it’s the gunas!)
  • Learn Energetic Anatomy from Taoist and Ayurvedic points of view. We’ll review the main yin meridians, Modern Meridian Theory and how acupuncture meridians relate to fascial meridians (Anatomy Trains). You’ll also deepen your understanding of how yogis view energy: including the koshas, chakras, and elements, doshas and mudras).

June 1 - 3: Yin and the Psycho-Spiritual Body

  • Review the neurophysiology of stress, trauma and resiliency and how this can guide you to create a Yin environment for yourself and your students
  • Explore different ways to integrate mindfulness and resiliency tools into a Yin practice.
  • Discover Yin teaching methodology including the art of assisting in a Yin class (where you may be dealing with beginning and seasoned students with a range of physical and psychological concerns).
  • Explore many ways to sequence a Yin practice, including combining Yin with Yang.
  • Understand the role of a yin teacher (teaching philosophy, facilitation skills, use of touch, voice, personal practice, ethics).

Instructor and Guest Teachers

Yael Flusberg CroppedYael Flusberg, E-RYT

Yael loves delving deeply into what heals us, what helps build our resiliency, and what allows us to be courageous and active agents in our communities. To that end, she fell in love with yin yoga, studying with Paul Grilley, credited with creating Yin Yoga and an expert in functional anatomy; Sarah Powers, who popularized Yin Yoga by integrating it with both mindfulness and Taoist meridians; and most recently Biff Mithoefer, who incorporates storytelling and shamanic teachings into his work. In addition to a decade of teaching yin, Yael is an Integrative Yoga Therapist and offers therapeutic group and one-on-one sessions in the clinical setting. The course will draw from materials and concepts culled from these teachings, as well as Yael’s studies in biofeedback, Reiki, polarity therapy, and poetry. Learn more about Yael at www.yaelflusberg.com.

Michelle YinMichelle Deslauriers, DPT

Michelle Deslauriers is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy who focuses on restorative and holistic health in helping patients heal from pain and discomfort without medicine, surgery and medical procedures. She is committed to patient-centered care and education, and uses a variety of hands-on techniques focusing on the fascia, including Integrative Manual Therapy® and myofascial release. Michelle is also an avid Yin Yoga practitioner. Learn more about Michelle at www.michelledpt.com.

Dr. Deirdre Orceyre

Dr. Deirdre Orceyre is a Board certified naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College Natural Medicine, a leading institution in natural health education. Following her medical training, Dr. Orceyre participated full-time two-year residency focusing on internal naturopathic medicine, with special rotations in women’s health, endocrinology and integrative cancer care. Described by her patients as knowledgeable, patient and compassionate, her goal is to work with patients regardless of condition to determine the causes of their imbalance. Dr. Orceyre sees herself as a guide and a coach, with the patient being the true healer. She is a gifted teacher, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. More info at www.gwcim.com.


Yael's training was such a wonderful and fruitful experience for me. Yael created a safe space for learning, exploration, and growth for all teacher trainees. I expected to learn about the yin methodology, but left with such a grander scope of knowledge. We tackled anatomy, the energetic body, the Chinese Meridians, sequencing, and the elements, and were coached on how to teach these topics in a trauma-sensitive way. To see how Yael can overlap and pull from all of these different systems to create a thoughtful yoga class was quite astonishing, but she also made it approachable through curriculum and group exercises for us to do the same. I've been able to put this training to use, teaching weekly Yin classes at a few different settings since graduation. Yael made herself accessible all throughout training, and has been a resource for us all post-graduation, too. I highly recommend this training to anybody with a deep love of yoga and learning. Yael is an incredible wealth of knowledge, and I am so happy to say I am confident teaching Yin. The world needs more stillness! 
– Becky Paris 

Yael's Yin Yoga Teacher Training changed my yoga trajectory forever in many ways. First, she encouraged me to actually teach - I never intended to teach, just deepen my own practice. Her encouragement and support shifted my perspective. She opened my eyes to look beyond alignment. My focus was heavily focused on everyone forming the same exact shape, and her training showed the variances between our  individual anatomies. This benefits my students not only while teaching Yin, but also with Vinyasa, where everyone is in a different place. But the most important lesson from Yael was how to hold a safe and loving space for everyone that walks through the door. She drove home the reality that we have no idea what is happening in a student's life or if they have suffered any trauma or why they are present. So making every student feel welcome is critical. To this day, I honor all her lessons especially in Yin where she asked us to ensure every class is different and speaks to each student's experience. 
- Bill Sternberger, co-owner and teacher, Cowface Yoga Studio 

Yael's teaching style is is refreshingly honest, humorous, and fun. Lessons were structured in a way that made them easy to digest; the information on anatomy and yin yoga in particular filled in a gap in my teaching knowledge. Yael's creative approach to sequencing also invigorated and inspired my teaching at a time when I needed to spice things up and keep my students interested in the ever-unfolding marvel that is yin yoga.
- Fiona Griffin 

Fees and Registration

The fee for Yin Yoga Teacher Training is $960, payable as follows:

  • $100 due upon registration to secure your space (This payment includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.)
  • $430 due Monday, January 15, 2018
  • $430 due Friday, March 16, 2018

Registrants who withdraw from the training before December 31, 2017 will receive a refund of $50.
Registrants who withdraw from the training between January 15, 2018 and March 16, 2018 will receive a refund of $280.
No refunds after March 16, 2018.